Ario: Wellness Lighting
Californian start-up Ario has developed a smart light that promises to improve people's health.
The wi-fi-connected floor lamp, also called Ario, mimics the light of the sun at your location to keep your body clock in sync. It only needs to connect once to take its bearings and mimic the sunlight at its location.
Like the sun, the light changes from warmer tones in the mornings and evenings to brighter and bluer tones during the day. Uniquely, the light also changes direction, mimicking the movement of the sun across the horizon.
Ario cites research from Harvard Medical School and Nasa to argue that the natural cycle of sunlight controls hormone levels in our bodies, which in turn affect our sleep, metabolism, behaviour and mood.
Users can also customise the app to fit to their schedule, with obvious benefits for shift-workers and hotels with international business clientele hoping to avoid jetlag. Ario has already raised 185% of its $50,000 goal on crowdfunding website Kickstarter. It is expected in shop in September 2016 and will cost around $400.
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